Mylan CEO’s mother (& Senator’s wife) used position with education group

by Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY  |  published on September 22, 2016

After Gayle Manchin took over the National Association of State Boards of Education in 2012, she spearheaded an unprecedented effort that encouraged states to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions.

The association’s move helped pave the way for Mylan Specialty, maker of EpiPens, to develop a near monopoly in school nurses’ offices. Eleven states drafted laws requiring epinephrine auto-injectors. Nearly every other state recommended schools stock them after what the White House called the “EpiPen Law” in 2013 gave funding preference to those that did.

The CEO of Mylan then, and now, was Heather Bresch. Gayle Manchin is Heather Bresch’s mother.

Mylan is the subject of congressional investigations related to huge price hikes the company announced last month. It also faces an antitrust probe by the New York attorney general stemming from its EpiPen sales contracts with schools.

Bresch is testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday at a hearing called by Republican and Democratic members of the panel.

  • David Tierney

    Is there anyone in Washington who is not corrupt?

  • justinwachin

    At the least Mrs. Manchin should have disclosed that her daughter ran the company which makes the product she was advocating.

    I find it hard to believe Manchin’s efforts went unnoticed by Mylan. The preferences Obama gave those who purchased the EpiPen should be rescinded immediately. Obama touted Obamacare as a way to rein in out-of-control pharmaceutical companies. We have identified one and it should now be reined in. The government should get a price on how much it costs to make the EpiPen from companies specializing in generics and government should set that as the new price for EpiPens.

    Hopefully one of the class action lawsuit lawyers will see this as an opportunity to begin a class action lawsuit against Mylan. The best way to end this cronyism is to make it too costly for those who are caught doing it.

  • Rodney Steward

    Just another money scam for the brainwashing systems, but again, NOT ONE D’N THING will be done!!

  • Another example of the politicak corruption,pay to play ,and rot in gov’t. So Mr. Good Guy Manchin? Another denocratic political hack exposed.Oh and he learned from Hillary

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